Become a Veterinarian
Prepare for Admission
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Prepare for Admission

Information for high school and college students interested in applying to the professional veterinary program at Washington State University.

College students

A broad undergraduate experience helps prepare students for a rigorous, science-based veterinary curriculum. You can complete the prerequisites needed to apply to WSU’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program as an undergraduate student at WSU or any school you attend. 

Pre-veterinary study is not a major in itself. It is a preparatory track that can be incorporated into any major. As long as you complete the general core requirements for veterinary school, you can select any undergraduate major you wish.

Students spending more than two years in a pre-professional program are encouraged to take additional elective biomedical science courses, including highly recommended but not required courses in mammalian or comparative anatomy, animal science, cell biology, computer science, embryology, histology, immunology, microbiology, nutrition, physics II, physiology, or other biomedical sciences.

Other pathways to a DVM degree at WSU

Honors pre-admit program in veterinary medicine

The Honors College and College of Veterinary Medicine offer an Honors pre-admit program. Successful completion of this joint program takes seven years and results in the attainment of a Bachelor of Science degree and a DVM.

Combined program in animal sciences and veterinary medicine

The Department of Animal Sciences offers the Combined Program in Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

Other ways you can prepare to apply

  • Shadow a veterinarian or volunteer at a local clinic. Be sure to keep track of the hours and as the contact information of the veterinarians with whom you work.
  • Keep a log of your extracurricular activities (dates of membership, offices held, special projects you accomplished, etc.); any honors, awards, or scholarships you receive; and service in your community.
  • Develop your interpersonal and communication skills. While veterinary medicine is rooted in science, the best veterinarians are skilled doctors as well as good communicators.

High school students

Becoming a veterinarian usually requires eigh years of academic training after high school. Applicants complete undergraduate coursework and the majority earn a bachelor’s degree. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program at WSU is an additional four years in biomedical science and clinical training.

As high school student, you can prepare now for admission to college. Although it is important to take as many math and science classes as you can, we also look for students who are well-rounded, with various interests.

High school courses that will provide the best foundation for our college pre-veterinary curriculum are laboratory sciences (chemistry, physics, and biology), math, and English.


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DVM admissions

For students who are in the planning process of applying to the DVM Program and who are not enrolled in courses at WSU. Contact us.

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Pre-veterinary advising

For students who are enrolled or plan to take undergraduate coursework at WSU to prepare for applying to the veterinary program. Pre-veterinary study is a preparatory track that can be incorporated into any major. Schedule an appointment.


Interested in volunteering at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital?

Undergraduate student interns work a minimum of 6 hours per week, learning valuable skills and gaining experience they can put to use in veterinary school and beyond.

Interested in a Veterinary Paraprofessional Certificate

Gain clinic experience before applying to veterinary school. The paraprofessional program combines online learning and hands-on, side-by-side training with veterinarians.